This week’s Science and the Media on PhysicsToday

This week’s Science and the Media on PhysicsToday

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The reports collect on “Science and the Media” at the Physics Today magazine focus on different scientific topics as seen in media coverage. The reports this week talk about scientists’ concerns about energy-critical elements, the scientific statesmanship in Egypt’s future, atmospheric pollutants, the alarmism in science news and the latest Climategate news among other subjects.
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Entrevista a la directora de ‘Comprar, llençar, comprar’

Entrevista a la directora de ‘Comprar, llençar, comprar’

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Cosima Dannoritzer, la directora del interesante documental “Comprar, llençar, comprar“, que trata la obsolescencia programada de los productos, ha sido entrevistada en un vídeo realizado por Inés Navarro (OCC-UPF).

En esta entrevista la realizadora alemana nos da su opinión sobre el tema, muy debatido y que ha generado polémica. Este documental da voz a el diseñador industrial y al fabricante de bombillas, pasando por el consumidor indignado por la corta duración de los aparatos que compra. Es un film de personajes, puntos de vista, problemas y alternativa.

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The 10 commandments of scientific journalism have become 25

The 10 commandments of scientific journalism have become 25

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Last year Dave Mosher published  “The ten commandments of science journalism”on his blog Cosmopolitanaut (read more information). Four months later, the journalist Tim Radford has published in The Guardian his Manifesto for the simple scribe, which includes not 10 but 25 commandments for journalists.

A curious fact: the reader easily sees that both authors have used the same image to illustrate the commandments. However, Mosher had even written his rules down on the stone.
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Science and the  Educated American:  A Core Component  of Liberal Education

Science and the Educated American: A Core Component of Liberal Education

American adults are scoring higher than they did 20 years ago on a widely used index of civic scientific literacy – but there is still room for improvement, according to a recent report from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Overall, the report showed that 28 percent of U.S. adults in 2008 had a sufficient enough understanding of basic scientific ideas to be able to read the New York Times’ science section, up from 10 percent in 1988.

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